pull oneself up by bootstraps

pull (oneself) up by (one's) (own) bootstraps

To put forth effort to improve one's life or circumstances, rather than relying on others. After I declared bankruptcy, I had to pull myself up by my bootstraps and rebuild my financial standing. I know you're heartbroken by this breakup, but you just have to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps and get back out there into the dating scene.
See also: bootstrap, by, pull, up

pull oneself up by one's (own) bootstraps

Fig. to improve or become a success by one's own efforts. If Sam had a little encouragement, he could pull himself up by his bootstraps. Given a chance, I'm sure I can pull myself up by my own bootstraps.
See also: bootstrap, by, pull, up